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2020 has been a strange year for many, but for Heitor Da Silva, it was the year of his debut adidas signature colorway on the newly released Forum '84 ADV. With limited opportunities to travel and create, the adidas, Palace and Parade rider went through the sampling and testing process and filmed a video clip, all whilst adhering to local restrictions. He ducked out to Athens, Greece to film the above part with Austin Bristow and went through some thorough testing of his colorway in Los Angeles back in February.
adidas ZX 420 (FY3661) - Grey Six/Off White/Feather Grey
adidas Skateboarding Puig Shoes - Core Black / Core Black / Carbon
adidas Skateboarding Forum 84 Mid ADV Shoes - Cloud White / Signal Cyan / Grey One
adidas Skateboarding Matchbreak Super Shoes - Core Black / Ftwr White / Gum 5
adidas Skateboarding Busenitz Shoes - Granite / Clear Onix /Dark Grey
adidas Skateboarding Busenitz Indoor Super Shoes - Core Black / Gold Met / Scarlet
adidas Skateboarding Shmoofoil Slides - Ftwr White/ Ftwr White / Ftwr White
adidas Skateboarding Shmoofoil Slides - Victory Blue / Cloud White / Victory Blue
Adidas - Tyshawn Low - Core Black / Cloud White / Gold Metallic
adidas Skateboarding Tyshawn Low Shoes - Core Black / Ftwr White / Gold Met
adidas Skateboarding Busenitz Vintage Shoes - Ftwr White / Core Black / Chalk White
adidas Skateboarding Busenitz Vulc II Shoes - Grey Two / Collegiate Navy / Gum
adidas ZX 420 Trainers (FZ0146) - Maroon/Off White/Collegiate Navy
adidas Skateboarding Matchbreak Super Shoes - Ftwr White / Ftwr White / Gum 4
adidas Skateboarding Busenitz Vulc II Shoes - Ftwr White / Core Black / Gold Met
adidas Skateboarding Tyshawn Shoes - Ftwr White / Core Black / Ftwr White
“I skated in the adidas Originals Forum a few years ago and loved them. I love classic basketball shoes for the look, durability and comfort" Heitor states. So when the opportunity came to refine the original for skateboarding, it was more than a pleasure. "The design process was fun and surreal - so happy I got to be a part of bringing the Forum back for skateboarding."
Some of the touches Heitor made were to improve the skate durability of the shoe, adding a double-layered toe cap, full-grain leather upper and a grippier gum sole that also lends to the classic 90s skate shoe look. Once a mesh tongue for better breathability and the all-important molded sockliner were sorted, it came down to the hardest part, choosing the colors.
With a purple, white, black colorway idea in his mind, early samples were created. You can see this first inspiration in the photos from February below. This first iteration then got refined throughout the year, finalizing on a deeper purple as the mainstay color with black and white adding accents for contrast. Being somewhat away from the primary colors of many skate shoes, it's a unique take on the signature colorway and one that Heitor is particularly proud to wear.
All Photography: Zander Taketomo
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